Alaska News: Alaska Felon, Gregory Michael Christensen Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Firearms

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that Gregory Michael Christensen, 45, of Haines, Alaska, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to serve five years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

According to court documents, on Oct. 29, 2017, police officers responded to a report that a man, later identified as Christensen, was assaulting a woman at a local gas station. Law enforcement stopped Christensen’s vehicle as it was leaving the gas station, and a pat search revealed a loaded magazine in his pant pocket, and he also reported a loaded rifle in his vehicle. Christensen claimed his girlfriend, a passenger in the vehicle, owned the firearms.

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed three firearms, including a loaded and chambered AR-15 rifle, a Ruger 9mm pistol, and a Springfield 9mm pistol. The search also revealed drug paraphernalia, two baggies containing 16.55 grams of methamphetamine, over 50 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms, and $584.82.

Christiansen was taken into custody for the assault, and a records check revealed that he has two felony convictions – one with the State of Washington for possession of stolen property, and another with the State of Alaska for misconduct. A search of Christensen’s residence revealed four additional rifles, assorted ammunition, a 19 round handgun magazine, a black PVC and a white suppressor.

The Haines Borough Police Department (HPD), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted the investigations leading to the successful prosecution of this case. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt.

SOURCE: news provided by JUSTICE.GOV on February 26, 2019.